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Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity (3 Volumes)

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The Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity covers eight centuries of the Christian church and comprises 3,220 entries by a team of 266 scholars from 26 countries representing a variety of Christian traditions. It draws upon such fields as archaeology, art and architecture, biography, cultural studies, ecclesiology, geography, history, philosophy, and theology.

This three-volume encyclopedia offers unparalleled, comprehensive coverage of the people, places, and ideas of ancient Christianity, including:

  • cultural currents
  • events and movements
  • philosophy
  • iconography and architecture
  • archaeology
  • texts and translations
  • theological terms
  • doctrines
  • liturgy
  • spirituality
  • monasticism
  • Christian sects
  • heresies
  • controversies
  • councils

The encyclopedia’s A-to-Z coverage extends from “Aaron (iconography)” to “Zosimus, pope” and chronologically from Christianity’s origins to Bede (d. 735) in the West and John of Damascus (d. ca. 749) in the Greek East, with detailed emphasis on the first four centuries of Christian history.

IVP’s new Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity (2014) is translated from Nuovo dizionario patristico e di antichita cristiane (2006-2008), produced by the Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum, the world’s foremost center for partristic studies, under the direction of Professor Angelo Di Berardino, and it greatly updates and expands the 1992 Encyclopedia of the Early Church (Oxford University Press/James Clarke).

Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity (3 Volumes)
Produced by: The Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum
Editors: Angelo Di Berardino, Thomas C. Oden, Joel C. Elowsky, James Hoover
Publisher: InterVarsity Press (2014)

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September 5, 2016  |  9:54 PM   |    Good (4)
This is an useful resource which provides a broad spectrum of topics and articles, but it does come up somewhat lacking in details. For example, the article on Constantine I is only three paragraphs long.

Other than that, I will say that many controversies of early Christianity are presented and some effort is made to expose multiple sides of them, but not without notable bias.